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Using the Find menu

From: Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 01 Importing and Organizing Photos

Video: Using the Find menu

One of the main reasons to organize your photos using any of the features that I have shown you in this course is so that you can put your finger on the photos you are looking for later. And the Organizer offers lots of search options that you can use for that purpose. I want to make sure that you know all of the various search options available, and then we'll look at some of those in more depth in other movies in this chapter. As you go through this chapter, you may find that the results you are getting for your searches are slightly different than mine, depending on which movies you've worked through in this course. But that's okay because the principles will be the same.

Using the Find menu

One of the main reasons to organize your photos using any of the features that I have shown you in this course is so that you can put your finger on the photos you are looking for later. And the Organizer offers lots of search options that you can use for that purpose. I want to make sure that you know all of the various search options available, and then we'll look at some of those in more depth in other movies in this chapter. As you go through this chapter, you may find that the results you are getting for your searches are slightly different than mine, depending on which movies you've worked through in this course. But that's okay because the principles will be the same.

So let's start by looking the Find menu here at the top of the Organizer. The Find menu gathers together all the different search features so that you can access them from here. Now some of these, like Advanced Search, you can access from other places, too. We took a look at Advanced Search earlier in the movies on Keyword Tagging and People Tagging. One of the most powerful options in the Find menu, is the ability to Search By Details or Metadata associated with photos. And we'll be looking at that in more detail in this chapter. From this menu, you can choose to search by Media Type.

So if I had video clips or audio clips in this catalog, I could choose to search just for those from here. You can search the history of items in a catalog; so if you wanted to see just items that you imported to a catalog on a particular day, you could use the Imported On option here. Or you could find photos that you've printed on a particular day, or photos you've used in particular projects. If you've added captions or notes to photos or other items in your catalog, you can search by those from the By Caption or Note command. You can search specifically by Filename.

Earlier in the course, I showed you how to reconnect missing files. If you wanted to just see all your missing files, you can choose All Missing Files from this menu. If you've combined photos into vers ion sets, as I showed you earlier in the course when we were talking about making quick edits from Full Screen View, you can access all your version sets here. Or if you've stacked related photos together, also as I showed you earlier in the course, you can access all your stacks here. Visual searches are a powerful way to find similar photos.

We'll be looking at visual searches in more depth in this chapter. Here, if you have some items with unknown dates or time, you can isolate those. If you're in the process of keyword tagging your files, and you have some that you haven't tagged yet, you can see just the untagged items here; which can come in really handy, because you'll know what you have left to tag. And here, you can look for items that the organizer hasn't yet analyzed for features like people recognition. And down here, if you're in the process of making albums and you want to see just the photos that aren't yet in an album, you can access those items from this command.

So there's a lot of power in the Find menu. Now let's take a look over here at the Search box, which is also a powerful general search feature. If I start typing text in this box, the organizer will immediately suggest files that match that text. Whether the matching text is in Filenames, in Metadata, in Captions, in Notes, pretty much any place that text appears here in the Organizer. So for example, if I start typing, train, even before I finished typing the word, the organizer is suggesting an event that I created earlier in the course, of photos from a train ride.

And it returns those in response to even this partial word. If I want to cancel that search and go back and see all my photos, I'll click the Back button here. So that's a quick overview of the various search features that you'll find here in the organizer. Now let's take a closer look at some of the most powerful of those features.

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  1. 18m 57s
    1. Welcome
      46s
    2. What is the Organizer?
      3m 1s
    3. Touring the Organizer
      4m 29s
    4. Moving between Organizer and Editor
      4m 55s
    5. Working with catalogs
      5m 46s
  2. 21m 4s
    1. Importing the exercise files
      2m 50s
    2. Importing photos from your computer
      4m 37s
    3. Importing photos from your camera
      7m 56s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 25s
    1. Viewing photos
      3m 37s
    2. Displaying photo names and dates
      1m 0s
    3. Adjusting photo dates and times
      3m 33s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 41s
    5. Rating photos
      5m 6s
    6. Viewing metadata in the Information panel
      3m 13s
    7. Adding photo captions
      1m 45s
    8. Hiding and showing photos
      2m 54s
    9. Stacking related photos
      5m 8s
    10. Applying instant photo fixes
      4m 28s
  4. 19m 43s
    1. Viewing a simple slideshow
      4m 51s
    2. Comparing photos side by side
      4m 30s
    3. Applying Quick Edit options
      5m 36s
    4. Applying Quick Organize options
      4m 46s
  5. 27m 30s
    1. Using the Folders panel
      7m 19s
    2. Moving and renaming files
      3m 38s
    3. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 14s
    4. Moving and renaming folders
      3m 48s
    5. Deleting files and folders
      4m 2s
    6. Using a watch folder to import new files (Windows only)
      4m 29s
  6. 10m 14s
    1. Creating albums
      5m 53s
    2. Organizing albums
      2m 38s
    3. Making instant albums from folders
      1m 43s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Creating and organizing keyword tags
      6m 38s
    2. Applying keyword tags
      4m 59s
    3. Finding photos by keyword and Advanced Search
      3m 19s
  8. 23m 3s
    1. Identifying people automatically
      5m 55s
    2. Identifying people manually
      3m 1s
    3. Viewing people
      3m 47s
    4. Grouping people
      3m 10s
    5. Working with people tags
      7m 10s
  9. 9m 13s
    1. Creating events manually
      6m 48s
    2. Creating Smart Events
      2m 25s
  10. 9m 52s
    1. Viewing mapped photos by location
      5m 47s
    2. Adding location data to photos
      4m 5s
  11. 22m 2s
    1. Using the Find menu
      3m 36s
    2. Finding photos by metadata
      5m 31s
    3. Saving smart searches
      5m 3s
    4. Finding photos by visual similarity
      5m 56s
    5. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 56s
  12. 3m 22s
    1. Don't forget to back up
      2m 16s
    2. Next steps
      1m 6s

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